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Friday 19th July 2019

News and appeals

***New Police drop ins, changes to times***


We have updated the times and dates of our next drop ins for those who are unable to make work hours, please see below:

Thursday 12th September 3-4pm
Tuesday 12th November 6-7pm

These will be held at the Crowborough Town Council Offices


It’s your chance to raise your concerns and speak to your local Officers. Inspector Jon Gross from Wealden Police said: “These drop in sessions provide a great opportunity for the public to meet their local prevention officers and District Council representatives. They are very informal sessions offering a chance for residents to discuss issues affecting their communities, and for the Police and District Council colleagues to share details of current initiatives. No appointment required!”

You can always contact us 24/7 to report crime via 101, or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, or report online; where you can also find an array of crime prevention advice and support.

Remember always dial 999 in an emergency.




Community engagement across the district

PCSOs are on the frontline of policing – out and about on the streets talking to people, building relationships and understanding local issues.

Attending volunteer groups, community days, and coffee mornings held in your local communities; give officers a real insight into the issues faced, and also an opportunity to speak to residents and vulnerable community members on a range of topics; including keeping safe from scams, protecting themselves from romance frauds, along with providing valuable crime prevention advice to discuss and share with family and friends.

Throughout July, PCSOs from the Wealden district have already attended many groups including; Heathfield youth group cycle event at the Cuckoo Trail to raise awareness of the club and offer advice on bike property registrations.

Also St Mary’s Nursery school fete, where children were given the opportunity to sit in the patrol car and officers spoke to parents about online safety for children.

The new Post Office in Hailsham opened last week, officers attended speaking to new customers and raising awareness of current scams and frauds.

The team also enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day for the Uckfield Big Day Out event on the 6th July, offering support to attendees and a great chance for the team to meet local groups and build community relationships.




High-value saxophones stolen during burglary in Crowborough

Police are investigating the theft of 29 high-value saxophones, worth several thousands of pounds, stolen during a break-in at Saxophones UK's premises in Farningham Road, Crowborough, between Saturday night and Sunday morning (13/14 July).

Intruders are thought to have forced their way into the warehouse between 11.30pm and 3.45am when alarms sounded.

Officers investigating the burglary have not ruled out the possibility that it may be linked to earlier thefts and attempted break-ins at the premises, when again thousands of pounds worth of instruments were targeted.

Sergeant Amy Mason, of Wealden police, said: " We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard suspicious activity on the night of the crime, or who recalls seeing anything usual in the area in the days leading up to it."

They are asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 248 of 14/07. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.




New Police Contact Centre Officers join our team

A warm welcome to our new contact officers who join our team this week to help you when you need us most.

They’ll be responding to your emergency and 101 calls under supervision after completing months of intensive training on Friday.

Former estate agent, Richard Snatt: “This job & I are made for each other. I really enjoy keeping people calm and helping them through distressing situations.”

Penny Clapcott wanted a challenge: “It’s so rewarding helping others in time of need. I find through having a disability I have high empathy and am able to stay calm under pressure.”

Assistant Chief Constable, Dave Miller, pictured with the recruits and their trainers, said, “I am delighted to welcome the new contact handlers to our team. As a first point of contact with the police for the public, they will play a vital role in our operational frontline. I wish them a rewarding career.”

Could this be you? We will be recruiting again soon, register your interest and find out more here.



Bogus Police caller in East Sussex

Police are investigating after an elderly couple in East Sussex lost £13,000 when a bogus caller pretended to be a police officer and got them to withdraw cash from their accounts.
On 25 June the man phoned them, claiming to be from the 'Metropolitan Police fraud squad'.

Over the next six days he convinced them to go twice to a bank and withdraw a total of £13,000, telling them it was necessary as part of an investigation into fraud within their own bank's HQ in London.

On each occasion one of the couple then had to go to locations near their homes and hand the cash to someone driving a van.

Only when family members visited and overheard one of the phone calls was the fraud stopped.

Detective Constable Sam Collyer said: "Remember - no police officer, or bank staff on the phone, will ever ask for your bank details or for cash. Don't give your details or cash to anyone in these circumstances!

See these top tips to help stop this type of fraud;

- Act with care if you get an unsolicited phone call

- Never transfer funds into a new account on the instruction of an unexpected caller – even if they tell you the account is in your name

- Always check your phone line has properly disconnected before making another call – try calling a good friend first, wait 5 minutes or use a different phone

- Never share your PIN number or enter your PIN into a telephone

- Never withdraw money and hand it to a courier or a police officer

- Never give your bank cards to a courier or anyone who comes to your door

For further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud, see the Sussex Police website.

For further advice on fraud prevention, and information on Operation Signature, the work done by Sussex Police to prevent fraud and support victims, also see the force website, which includes a short film from the Operation Signature team helping to show the signs to look out for, please view here.

An agreement between police and banks is also helping prevent some of these crimes. In June this year alone 38 attempts to get unwary residents to withdraw cash in Sussex were foiled by alert bank staff who became suspicious of the circumstances, saving losses that would have totalled £144,000.




Make the right call

Is your call a police matter?


If you have concerns about - noise nuisance, bins and rubbish or littering - please contact your local council as these are not police matters.

Lost something?

Please don't call us for lost or found property - we no longer take reports or handle lost/found property.

If you find or lose something of value to you, here's what to do.

Help us keep our phones free those who genuinely need us 




National firearms surrender week starts 20th July

People in possession of unwanted guns or ammunition are being encouraged to hand them in as part of a campaign to make Sussex and Surrey safer.

Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality, or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities.

This appeal gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by simply handing them in at their local police station – a list of opening times and locations can be found below.
During the surrender period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession of a firearm at the point of surrender of the firearm to lawful authority, and they can remain anonymous.

However, this surrender does not mean police will not investigate firearms offences, should any come to light, once the operation has concluded.

This is a firearms surrender; not a firearms amnesty, and police are committed to reduce the harm to our communities from firearms crime.

The surrender, which runs from Monday 20 July to Sunday 4 August, forms part of a national campaign by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

The aim of the operation, supported by Surrey and Sussex Police, is to reduce the number of illegally held firearms in circulation which could fall into the hands of criminals.

This includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, de-activated guns, component parts, stun guns, Taser, cs/pepper spray and other ballistic items.

When and where can I hand in firearms?

Weapons should be handed to police station front counter staff. A list of designated stations and their opening times can be found below.

If someone is unable to travel to a police station they should contact police via 101 and arrange for the firearm to be collected.

Sussex:
Crowborough: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm;
Eastbourne (Hammonds Drive): Mon-Fri 9am-5pm;
Hailsham: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm / 3pm-6pm;
Horsham: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm / 3pm-6pm;
Uckfield: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm;

Surrey:
Guildford: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm;
Reigate: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm;
Staines: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm;
Woking: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm.



Crime summary

Overnight on the 10th July a property off Tollwood Park, Crowborough reported disturbing a male attempting to access their garage. (1769 of 09/07 relates)

A caravan park in Pevensey reported damage to approx.15 caravans caused overnight on the 10th July whereby suspects have entered the site and caused damage to a number of caravans (0874 of 10/07 relates)

During the daytime of the 10th July, a property off Wannock Road, Polegate reported having their home entered and personal jewellery stolen. Suspects have entered via rear doors. (0793 of 10/07 relates)

A property off Newbury Lane, Wadhurst reported having their home broken into and a untidy search of their home sometime of the evening of the 10th July, fortunately nothing was taken (1556 of 10/07 relates)

New build properties off Lewes Road, Uckfield reported having attempted break ins overnight on the 9-10th July whereby suspects have caused damage and smashed windows on homes. (0457 of 11/07 relates)

During the day time of 11th July, 2 properties off Windsor Way, Polegate reported a suspicious male loitering around their properties. Both victims later discovered their homes had been entered and personal jewellery taken from the victim’s homes. (Investigations are ongoing, 1430+0407 of 11/07+12/07 relate)

A property off Splice Lane, Hailsham had their shed broken into whereby suspects have forced the door overnight on the 12th July. Fishing equipment was taken. (0837 of 13/07 relates)

Saxphones UK on Farningham Road, Crowborough was victim to high-value theft overnight of the 13th July -  (a press release issued above relates)

A farm property off Camberlot Road had cooper piping stolen from out buildings overnight on the 15th July. (0458 of 15/07 relates)

A residential burglary occurred during the daytime of the 15th July, whereby suspects have entered rear doors of a property and targeted jewellery and electronics at a property off Elim Court Gardens, Crowborough (1221 of 15/07 relates)




Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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